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Match Preview: Bath Rugby vs Leinster Rugby

by Jim O'Connor, 2022-01-21

It's the final weekend of the pool stages and as is traditional the calculators are out!!

But this year they're trying to figure out who WON'T qualify as opposed to who will!
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Match Preview: Leinster Rugby vs Montpellier Herault

by Jim O'Connor, 2022-01-14

So we're back..... again....hopefully?

In this most bewildering of seasons, Leinster are coming off their second five week break of the season. This time it was down to multiple URC postponements and the controversial cancellation of the away leg of this fixture. Leinster made noise about appealing but the ERC was never going to change their mind simply because if they did it for one team, all the other teams would come calling.
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Match Preview: Montpellier Herault vs Leinster Rugby

by Jim O'Connor, 2021-12-16

In the interests of full disclosure, we weren't sure this game was going to happen because of the Covid outbreaks in both camps and it still might not. So this preview is considerably shorter than normal.

As things stand, the game is due to go ahead as planned tomorrow and both sides have named teams.
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Match Preview: Leinster Rugby vs Bath Rugby

by Jim O'Connor, 2021-12-16

It's time for the annual Christmas Cup game at the Aviva and the excitement is...well non-existent really.

In the old days, the Christmas game at the Aviva was traditionally the fourth game out of six pool matches and things were hotting up in terms of qualifying from the pool. In the new schedule/format however this is now the first game and there simply hasn't been any action to whet the appetite of the more casual rugby fan. This is reflected in ticket sales reportedly around the 30k mark, although admittedly the Covid situation won't have helped there either.
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Match Preview: Leinster Rugby vs Connacht Rugby

by Jim O'Connor, 2021-12-02

Every time referee Frank Murphy gets assigned a match, you can hear an angel cry.

You know that, win or lose, it will be a pretty awful game in which Frank and his whistle will be the star. The breakdown will be a mystery novel and the offside line will be as forgotten as Friendster. It is known.

Yet, everyone who's watched Murphy over the last few years knows what he's like but Ulster seemed to be the only team who read the brief last Saturday night at the RDS. Ulster tuned their gameplan perfectly, rushed up offside all night and completely disrupted Leinster's rhythm. They were also more up for the physical challenge and thoroughly deserved their win.
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